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.s. department of justice report about h.s.b.c. holdings, one of the largest banks in the world. to avoid criminal prosecution, h.s.b.c. admitted today that it laundered more than $800 million for mexican drug cartels and covered up illegal transactions for burma, iran, sudan, cuba, and libya. those nations were under banking sanctions because of human rights atrocities, terrorism, or, in iran's case, a nuclear program. the british bank will pay $1.9 billion to the u.s. government, the largest such fine in history. senior correspondent john miller is in new york following the story for us tonight. john? >> reporter: scott, it's a case that has everything: everything except an arrest. and that struck some as odd because in an 80-page document of court papers, the bank admits to almost going out of its way to act as a financial clearing house for international pariahs and drug dealers. h.s.b.c. officials listed mexico in its lowest risk category for money laundering during a four- year period when mexican drug cartels were funneling hundreds of millions of dollars through the bank. u.s. att
Dec 11, 2012 6:00pm PST
they say this accident could have been avoided. >> british bank hsbc will pay a $1.9 kbrinl fine following a money laundering probe. authorities accused bank of laundering for drug traffickers in america america. hsbc intentionally allowed illegal transactions to countries such as iran, libya ask sudan. the penalty not just financial. to continue doing business in the united states, the bank must make reforms. >> requiring to implement reforms that we expect to be the model in the financial industry. >> hsbc chief executive says he's sorry for past mist yikz a new scholarship fund established at uc berkeley will offer financial aid to undocumented students. the first of its kind in the nation not without controversy. abc 7 news is here now with the story. >> right. other universities like texas and michigan are liking what they see at berkeley. they want to sty⌝a >> he escaped from violence in mexico when he was 16, landing in los angeles. year later he graduated with honors and was the only student at his high school to get into uc berkeley. >> everybody was happy except me. i was like.
Dec 11, 2012 4:00pm PST
. thanks. a stunning admission from one of the biggest banks in the world. the bigs at hsbc admit that they laundered money for drug cartels. they allowed forbidden transactions with countries including libya and iran. but nobody is going to prison. instead the bank executives are just saying we are sorry and paying a fine. the justice department announced agreement with hsbc the biggest bank in all of europe. as part of of the deal hsbc agrees to pay $1.9 billion in fines. a lot of money certainly. but for this bank it's the equivalent of roughly seven weeks of profits. in exchange, these are among the charges that will now disappear. laundering more than $880 million in drug money. and allowing $660 million in prohibited transactions from countries including libya, cuba, burma, sudan and iran. federal prosecutors say the bankers didn't just look the other way, they actually went a step further. one occasion hsbc instructed a bank in iran on how to format payment messages so that the transactions would not be blocked or rejected by the united states. >> shepard: in other words, t
Dec 12, 2012 1:40am PST
hsbc. the government says the british bank did business with drug lords and terrorists yet faces no criminal charges. brian ross reports. >> reporter: when the most ruthless of the mexican drug cartels wanted to hide their money, they went to hsbc. so did hamas and al qaeda, along with iran and other countries and the u.s. financial blacklist. all customers of a bank known well around the word. but given much less prominence in the announcement was a deferred prosecution agreement with hsbc, meaning there will be no prosecution of the bank or its top executives. despite more than a decade of dealing with criminals and terrorists. >> this is a very just, very real and very powerful result. >> you don't think the bank got off easy? >> no, and i don't think the bank thinks it got off easy. >> reporter: but with $38 billion in profits over just the last two years alone, hsbc can easily afford its $1.92 billion payment. >> this is a signal to other banks that if you do this kind of stuff, you'll get a parking ticket, you'll pay the fine and move on. >> reporter: since this summer, whe
Dec 11, 2012 11:00am PST
to the meltdown. also today, global banking giant hsbc agrees to a record payment $1.92 billion. yes, that's billion with a b to settle accusations of money laundering. check this out. a report by the senate banking committee found that hsbc in mexico shipped $7 billion in cash across the u.s. border. 7 billion bucks, no way there wasn't a bunch of drug money there. great guest here on this today, a man who told me at the commercial break likes to get to say, i told you so. neil barofsky, the head of hsbc here, his name is stuart gulliver. we accept responsibility for our past mistakes, goes on to say we have said we're profoundly sorry and we say so again. neil, is there any way these banking officials did not know they were dealing with drug money? >> look, you look at the scope and size of the conduct that is described in the settlement and just the number of the settlement of $2 billion. >> huge. >> the notion this wasn't something that was known on senior levels of the banks. at least they had plenty of reason to suspect that this was ongoing. and gulliver should be happy today. he ju
Dec 11, 2012 6:00am PST
, global banking giant hsbc will pay 1.9 billion dollar fine to settle allegations it engaged in money laundering. the money is believed to be tied to mexican drug cartels even terrorism. hsbc says it accepts responsibility for past mistakes. analysts point out the bank will earn back the fine in a little more than one month. >>> new this morning the air force is getting ready for another test flight of new experimental space plane pro row time of the x-37b will blast off into space today from cape canaveral, florida. this video provided by the air force, launch time set for 10 a.m., our time. the vehicle is being developed as reusable unmanned space vehicle. >> in the last hour we learned delta is buying a 49% stake in virgin atlantic airlines, delta wants better access to heathrow in hahn done, the two are agenting in -- in london. virgin atlantic owned by sir rich and branson who owns a stake in virgin america airlines. >>> got milk? the reason fewer americans are drinking dairy. >>> first, cashmere sweaters. michael finney and consumer re >>> we come back. water vapor in the air, n
Dec 12, 2012 11:00am PST
. >> europe's biggest bank, you heard about this, hsbc agreed to pony up close to $2 billion to settle accusations of money laundering. the senate banking committee they found that hsbc in mexico shipped $7 billion in cash, mind you, across the border, maybe turned a blind eye to where the money came from, want you to listen to neil barofsky, we had him on the show yesterday, and i asked him whether top bank officials knew they were handling drug money there. >> the notion that this wasn't something that was known on senior levels of the banks, at least they had plenty of reason to suspect that this was ongoing and, look, i think somebody described it as the biggest slap on the wrist in the history of banking fines. >> stuart gulliver receiving the big wrist slap in terms of bank fines. told me 2 billion bucks, that was chump change and it shows that crime pays. what do you think? >> i think any big bank, anybody in charge of the bank, bears responsibility for the conduct of the bank. hsbc is a famously tightly run bank. obviously the people at the top had to know something was amiss.
Dec 11, 2012 5:00pm PST
of the biggest names in banking admits to handling the dirtiest money in the world. h.s.b.c.'s clients included drug cartels and countries that sponsored terrorism. john miller on why the bank won't be prosecuted. elaine quijano in michigan where the legislature has voted on a landmark law to reduce the power of unions. and michelle miller. in this season of giving, remembering those who gave all. >> it's got a beautiful look, really. with a nice red bow.